Reporter apologizes after calling transgender Pa. health secretary ‘sir’

Reporter apologizes after calling transgender Pa. health secretary ‘sir’
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[Ed. – Brave new world]

A Pittsburgh radio station talk show host was rebuked by Pennsylvania’s health department secretary, who is transgender, for misgendering the secretary during a press call, Penn Live reported.

Marty Griffin, the host of KDKA-AM, called Dr. Rachel Levine “sir” during a conference call with reporters Tuesday, according to Penn Live.

Griffin was asking a question about the different phases the state is implementing to ease stay-at-home orders, and said “sir” twice. Levine responded by telling Griffin “please don’t misgender me,” and that it was “really insulting.”

Griffin apologized multiple times, and self-corrected once to say ma’am.

He also later apologized on Twitter, saying multiple distractions caused him to use the wrong pronouns and that his actions weren’t intentional.

The incident later caused Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to decide to cancel a scheduled appearance on KDKA Radio, the mayor’s spokesperson told Pittsburgh City Paper.

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